Monday, August 22, 2011
A Night Out at HM157 in Lincoln Heights
Maria and I found ourselves with another date night on Saturday night -- and no place to go. We'd just seen a movie last week, and given how rare our evenings out are sans kids, another movie seemed like a waste of precious babysitter time. That's when I remembered about HM157.
HM157 -- Historical Monument #157 on the California Historical Landmark list -- is an aging Victorian house in Lincoln Heights that has become the home to quirky music shows, art showings, movie screenings, discussions and other events. The LA Weekly even called it the “Best Underground Date Night″ in 2009 and the “Best Escape From Corporate Entertainment" in 2010.
On Saturday night, HM157 presented Summer de Amor y Obsesión, a revue headlined by vocalist Gabriela Crowe and backed by dancers, singers, flamenco guitarists, novelty act The Turtlenecks and The TC4, who also serve as backup for the 60s-style girl group The Damselles.
The show, directed by Shelly Lyons, featured a wide range of performances, including Latin boleros, opera, and 60s pop. It was all held in the space behind HM157. Before hand, Maria and I grabbed dinner at the Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park -- making it a Northeast Los Angeles kind of evening.
Some pics from our evening at HM157:
Up next at HM157: On Aug. 27 it's The Petting Pantry, featuring live music, vaudville acts, movies, burlesque and more.